OSBA's Weekly Legislative Report for Aug. 3, 2017

​Aug. 3, 2017

Fallout continues following State Fair tragedy

There is still time to visit the Ohio State Fair, which runs through this Sunday, Aug. 6, though this year's festivities have been overshadowed by the tragic death of an 18-year-old man who died after being thrown from the Fire Ball ride last week.

The Ohio Department of Agriculture Division of Amusement Ride Safety is responsible for inspecting the rides at the fair. Attorney General Mike DeWine declined this week to speculate on the level of liability the state faces as the investigation into what caused the ride to break apart continues.

Ohio State Bar Foundation Board Member Mark Kitrick's firm, Kitrick, Lewis & Harris has been retained by the family. They have not yet determined if the state will be a party to a pending lawsuit, but are already working, along with the family, on potential legislative changes to prevent accidents from happening in the future. Stay tuned.

State bans Superhero marijuana

The state remains on track for making medical marijuana products available by September of next year after the remaining rules cleared the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR) this week. 

The law authorizing medical marijuana in Ohio for 21 qualifying conditions passed in May of last year; however, regulators at the Ohio Department of Commerce, the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy and the Ohio State Medical Board were left to work out the details of who can sell it, who can buy it, and how much they can buy.

Among the more than 100 rules that came before JCARR this week was a ban on edible medical marijuana that looks like cartoon characters and superheroes—products that might appeal to kids. Though they cannot resemble pop culture figures, the rules do allow for capsules and edible forms, oil and solid forms for vaporization, transdermal patches, lotions, creams, ointments or plant material for vaporization in 60 planned dispensaries around the state.

To see the proposed rules and stay up to date on the latest developments on Ohio's medical marijuana program, visit http://www.medicalmarijuana.ohio.gov/, where you can also sign up for email updates. ​

Get your school supplies…tax free

As OSBA members continue to celebrate our success in ensuring legal services will not be subject to the state sales tax, this weekend, there's a different kind of sales tax holiday on the agenda.

For the third year in a row, and just in time for back to school shopping, the state will waive the 5.75 percent sales and use tax on items of clothing priced at $75 or less, as well as on school supplies and instructional materials worth up to $20 each.

This year's sales tax holiday was brought to you by Senate Bill 9, sponsored by friend of the OSBA, State Senator Kevin Bacon (R-Columbus). The sales tax holiday runs from Friday, Aug. 4 through Sunday, Aug. 6. The Ohio Department of Taxation has a handy Q&A to assist shoppers in understanding the guidelines: http://www.tax.ohio.gov/sales_and_use/SalesTaxHoliday.aspx

PS - To read more about the OSBA's efforts to prevent the sales tax on legal services and other budget items of interest, check out the legislative update in the July/August Ohio Lawyer.

The week ahead

General Assembly remains on recess.

Track OSBA priority legislation

Keep track of the progress on OSBA priority legislation via the Legislative section at www.OhioBar.org.​



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